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Homemade Salsa and Guacamole Recipe

This refreshing homemade salsa and guacamole recipe combo will be a hit on your patio this summer.

Bowls full of salsa and guacamole with a handful of chips.

I’ve been limiting my posting to once per week for a while now. But! I had to make an exception this week to drop in with this delicious combo. Salsa and guacamole are an essential summertime snack. And since this is a long weekend, there should be plenty of summer snacking in your plans.

This long weekend is actually going to be pretty quiet for us, and by choice. Between social gatherings and weekends spent nesting and preparing for the baby, we haven’t had much “us” time. One solid piece of “unsolicited advice” we’ve gotten from a few people over the last few months was to indulge in the simple things that we love to do as a couple. For Nick and I, these things include an evening in bed binge-watching a show with a steamy box of pizza between us, playing video games, and checking out new restaurants. This weekend, we’ll be doing just that. Munching on pizza and plowing through the rest of Chernobyl on HBO; enjoying one last fancy date night as a childless couple at a new steakhouse that recently opened up downtown; and of course, video games.

Homemade Salsa and Guacamole.

I’m not against buying jarred salsa every now and again. There’s definitely a time and place for it—like in a lusciously layered taco dip ;) But in the dead heat of the NC summer, I long for the fresh and chunky lime-infused tomato-y bits in this recipe. It’s a whole other experience—one that jarred salsa cannot match.

As for guac, I pretty much never buy it. It’s just way too satisfying to smash those creamy avocados yourself and season them to your own taste.

Anyway, have a fabulous long weekend! And if you’re in Canada, I hope you had an awesome long weekend last week :)

Collage of big bowl of salsa, and big bowl of guacamole.

Bowls full of salsa and guacamole with a handful of chips.

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Bowls full of salsa and guacamole with a handful of chips.
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5 from 8 votes



  • 5 ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1/3 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeño, minced for a lot of extra heat, don't gut the jalapeño; throw the seeds into the mix.
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro (or flat leaf parsley, if you're like me and hate cilantro).


  • 4 large avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt, more to taste if necessary
  • 1/3 cup of the homemade salsa, plus extra juice from the salsa due to the freshly chopped tomatoes, the salsa can get liquid-y. No biggie! Transfer some of that juice to your guac and mix it in :)



  • Combine all of the ingredients together in a large bowl and toss until combined.
    Let stand for 15 minutes before serving, or cover and place in the refrigerator until serving time. (If you simply cover it with plastic wrap, it *will* make your fridge smell garlicky. Just a heads up ;) )


  • Peel and pit the avocados, and place them into a large bowl. Smash them a few times with a form to break them down. Add the lime juice, kosher salt, and 5 TBSPs of the salsa, plus some of the juice from the salsa. Smash and mix until the guacamole reaches your ideal smoothness (some people like it chunky, some like it silky. You do you!)
    If not serving immediately, cover and place in the refrigerator until serving time.
  • Serve with your fave tortilla chips!


  • Greg Zyn
    October 17, 2019 at 11:50 am

    homemade salsa and guacamole recipe combo is the perfect pairing with any wine as it complements the taste of the wine. I am sure your guest will like this combination.

  • Tracy
    June 3, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    5 stars
    Oh my gosh YES get that you time in now! It’s such an exciting time and I know it feels like there are a gazillion things to do but you will NOT regret taking the time for yourselves. Then after the baby is born it’ll put “busy” and “things to do” on a whole new level! These two apps define summer for me and summer parties! Such great recipes, thank you!

  • Marisa F. Stewart
    June 3, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    5 stars
    What is a good party without tasty guacamole and salsa? I mean, without those staples everyone would leave the party. We especially like them during our outdoor barbecues. I’m definitely trying out your recipes. I like using a bit of the salsa juice in the guac.

  • Daniela
    June 3, 2019 at 11:41 am

    5 stars
    In my book, you can never go wrong with salsa and guacamole. They are a great snack, and they also make a great appetizer for a barbecue or laid-back party. The best part is that they require zero cooking, which is great when you live in a place with no AC (like me!) :)

  • Jenni LeBaron
    June 3, 2019 at 11:05 am

    5 stars
    I love that you’re trying to intentionally do things as a couple right now that you might not get the opportunity to do often int he future. I’ve heard that Chernobyl is really good so that’s on our watch list too! I also think this salsa and guac recipe is the perfect thing to enjoy during a tv binge. I love that you leave the seeds and ribs in your jalapeños because the heat from the salsa will balance out perfectly with the guacamole. YUM!

  • Sandra Shaffer
    June 2, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    5 stars
    Homemade salsa and guacamole are going to be staples around here! Super easy to make and tastes great over a protein like grilled chicken too!

  • Tina
    June 2, 2019 at 11:26 am

    5 stars
    Rest up and congratulations to the both of you! I like your ‘me-time’ strategies. Binge watching a show with a box of pizza sounds devine. The salsa recipe looks great, I just bought two tomato plants yesterday and am eager for salsa season. Saving this for when I get my first harvest. Take care.

  • Sarah - The Fit Cookie
    May 31, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    5 stars
    I agree – homemade guacamole beats store bought guac any day! It always tastes best when it’s made fresh, and our guacamole looks delicious. Congrats on your baby coming soon! I can’t wait to see photos when baby arrives :)

  • Gloria
    May 29, 2019 at 10:27 am

    5 stars
    These are 2 staples NO home should be without. Always a hit…and seriously I can eat both of these by the spoonful. You can use these in SO many places. From breakfast to dinner, snacks, and appetizers too. Plus…homemade is always better than store bought.


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